Clinical placements

Monash Rural Health (the school) has teaching sites and accommodation spread from Mildura through to Bairnsdale. We host medical, nursing and allied health students who are sampling work and life in regional and rural Victoria, from a placement lasting a couple of weeks to a full academic year.

Our school is based in two regions in north-west and south-east Victoria.

Map of Victoria showing all the sites avaiable for rural clinical placements

Generally, students live in fully-furnished Monash accommodation close to their clinical academic site or community placement. Rent is subsidised by the University and includes utilities (capped) and high-speed internet.

Nursing and allied health placements

If you're a nursing or allied health student doing a clinical placement within our footprint, we can offer you short-term accommodation and access to our teaching facilities in Mildura, Bendigo, Warragul, Moe, Traralgon, Sale, Bairnsdale and Wonthaggi. See here for details or go straight to our accommodation page to ask about accommodation at a site near your placement.

Medical placements

All medical students must spend at least four weeks in a rural location during the course of their degree. We coordinate regional and rural placements for students from the Central Medical School, graduate entry medical program and Extended Rural Cohort in Years 2, 3B, 4C and 5D. Our Rural Education Program Office which is based at Monash's Clayton Campus looks after these placements.

Medical clinical regional and rural placements are available across north-west and south-east Victoria.  The school has teaching sites in: Mildura, Bendigo, Warragul, Traralgon, Sale, Bairnsdale and Leongatha. Each clinical training site is attached to a regional hospital and partners with a range of community-based health services. Each clinical training site has a simulated learning environment and on-site library access.

South-east and north-west opportunities.

Our south-east region includes the Warragul, Traralgon, Sale, Bairnsdale and Leongatha teaching sites. Places are open to students from the direct entry and graduate entry streams of the medical program.

Our north-west region includes the Mildura and Bendigo training sites. Most places are taken up by Extended Rural Cohort students. However, a limited number of placements are available each year for medical students from other streams.

Questions about medical clinical placements

If you have any questions about rural placements contact Laura Major (Manager Rural Education Program) by email ( or phone 03 9905 1521.